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The District Attorney's Office assists local merchants and citizens in collecting amounts stolen through worthless checks if all of the following criteria are satisfied:
· The check was received in Galveston County, Texas;
· The check amount is at least $100 and less than $2,500;
· For business or company checks, the check writer’s name is printed on the check;
· The check was received in person in exchange for property (or in exchange for services, if the check was received at the same time the services are rendered);
· The check was processed through a bank within 30 days of receipt and was returned “insufficient funds” or “account closed”;
· The check writer’s identity is known and can be proven through a driver’s license number, state ID number, social security number, or date of birth recorded on the check at the time the check was received;
· The check was not a postdated check or a hold check;
· The check was not a stop payment check, unless the bank verifies that the account the check drawn against did not have sufficient funds when the check was received;
· The check was not a two-party check;
· The check was not for payment on an account;
· The check is not more than 23 months old;
· The check writer has received written notice of returned check and a demand for payment; and
· The check writer has not made restitution or signed a promissory note regarding the check within 10 days of receiving demand letter.
Steps to file a Worthless Check Complaint:
1. Review your complaint and determine if all required criteria is met.
2. If you have not done so, send the check writer a demand letter via certified mail.
a.       An example demand letter is provided on this page.
b.       Retain a copy of the demand letter for your complaint file.
3. Retain the signed certified mail green card documenting the check writer’s receipt of your written notice of returned check and demand for payment.
a.       The check writer may have 10 days to respond upon receipt of the demand letter before a worthless check complaint can be filed.
b.       If the demand letter is returned, retain the unopened mail with stamped reason for return (i.e. “unclaimed” or “moved/unable to forward”).
4. Complete the Worthless Check Complaint packet provided on this page in full and include copies of all required documentation listed on the form.
a.       If needed, a notary in our office may be available upon request.
5. Submit completed Worthless Check Complaint packet to the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, Worthless Check Division via mail or in-person:
 
Galveston County District Attorney’s Office
ATTN:  Worthless Check Division
600 59th Street, Suite 1001
Galveston, TX 77551
 
 

 Worthless Checks

 
  
Worthless Check Complaint Form
Example of Certified Demand Letter